Ramaphosa denies ‘split’ over NDP, says ANC is committed to the plan

2015-09-10 15:57
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An attempt to back Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa into a corner over the “split” within the ANC on the National Development Plan failed yesterday.

Ramaphosa was answering questions in the National Assembly, including questions about the NDP and foreign policy.

The NDP is the blueprint for the country’s socioeconomic development.

Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier asked him if earlier statements by deputy minister of transport Jeremy Cronin suggested divisions within the ANC alliance about the NDP.

Cronin reportedly referred to the NDP as “more of a vision” with “useful insights and recommendations” that are “sandwiched between an opening section of cringeworthy poetry and a clumsy attempts to present social contract theory”.

Maynier then wanted to know if Ramaphosa agreed with Cronin that the NDP was just more of a vision.

Cronin had also in the media referred to the NDP as a “wonderful idea, but totally unrealistic”.

Maynier suggested to Ramaphosa that this division indicated the true cause of the problem – “the government could not or would not implement” the plan.

The NDP had also been under fire by Cosatu.

Ramaphosa replied: “I work with Deputy Minister Cronin and both of us help to carry out programmes like the NDP.”

He added that Maynier wanted him to disown the deputy minister, but he would rather disown him.

“The poetry in the National Development Plan is so well crafted. The deputy minister is a poet himself,” Ramaphosa retorted.

Cronin just chuckled to himself.

Ramaphosa said the NDP was a plan that everyone must help implement.

“There are no contradictions. The discrepancies are due to your own double vision. We are committed to the NDP. There is no doubt, no hesitation on this side of the house.”

He emphasised that the government had no intention of dropping the NDP.

Ramaphosa was also asked about South Africa’s foreign policy and international standing, especially in light of the uproar over President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan.

South Africa’s foreign policy has come under fire because in some quarters it is seen as having departed from a human rights based approach to foreign policy.

Ramaphosa replied that South Africa was still the “darling” of the world.

“We continue to enjoy international respect.”

He also urged people who travelled abroad to not speak ill of the country.

“People who criticise the country’s foreign policy do not know what diplomacy is.”

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